New York City’s murder total has plunged to an all-time low – averaging fewer than one a day, reports the New York Daily News. “This is incredible in a city of 8.2 million people,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. “It’s a record pace. Of course, we have a long way to go this year.” Homicides fell fell 28 percent in the first three months of the year. Eighty-four people have been killed in the city this year compared with 117 during the same period last year. The murder tally hit an all-time high of 2,245 in 1990 before falling drastically in the last 15 years.
There have been fewer than 600 murders each year in the city since 2002. If this year’s pace holds, the city would record the lowest number of murders since reliable records were first kept in the early 1960s. As the murder count has plunged, it has become very unlikely for murder victims to be killed by a stranger. About 82 percent of this year’s murder victims knew their attackers.